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Friday, June 14, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
NassoJune 15, 201912 Sivan 5779
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:14 PM
Candle Lighting8:09 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:08 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:24 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Daf Yomi7:05 PM
Code of Jewish Law7:05 PM
Mincha7:55 PM
Maariv9:05 PM
Shabbat Ends9:10 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Purpose of the Priestly Blessing

One of the most famous verses in the entire Torah is the blessing of the Kohanim. God directs Aharon to charge the Kohanim with offering the priestly blessing.

God states, "So shall you bless the children of Israel. Say to them. May God shine his face upon you...and may God grant you peace..and I will bless them." Although these words are thousands of years old and remain timeless, there are a few questions worth asking.

  1. Why does God need the Kohanim to bless us? In fact, the Kohanim acknowledge as such by holding their palms upright signifying that they are merely conduits for God's blessing. Why do we need their agency?

  2. Secondly, why does God emphasize at the end, "I will bless you."

  3. Finally, what are the implication of the words, "I will place my name amidst the Jewish people?"

One of the commentators suggests a simple yet profound idea. God does not need the Kohanim to bless us. God blesses us..all the time. Yet, we forget. In times of joy, we take too much credit and in times of sadness, we wonder where is God? The Kohanim are not blessing us, but reminding us that God is the source of all and a constant presence in our lives. The words, "May God shine his face upon you" should actually be understood that God shines his face upon you. Remember God everyday of your life.

The meaning of God placing his name upon us is an affirmation of the expectation that we will acknowledge God as ever present in our life. God reiterates, "I will bless you" and the Kohanim remind you of this reality in your life.

This realization took on new meaning for me during Shavuot. A friend, Benny Malkin, who was visiting shared with me about a great Torah Scholar welcoming a guest to his Sukkah.

When the guest arrived, the Rabbi was in the midst of the Grace after Meals. Following the end of the first paragraph, the Rabbi recited the first two words of the next paragraph and paused.."Nodeh Lecha"...Thank you..and said these simple words as if he truly believed he was talking directly to God. Thank you.

The pregnant pause is a reminder that all too often we race though the words of Birkat Hamazon as if it is a holy incantation and obligation without truly reflecting on the essence of the prayer, which is an indispensable expression of gratitude directly to the Almighty.

In the immortal words of King David in Psalm 118, "Give thanks to God for he is good, his love endures forever."

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome  new members Tamar & Jason Levine, who recently moved to Stamford

Worth Taking a Look One of the most important journals in Modern Orthodoxy is Tradition. I am excited about the appointment of Rabbi Jeffrey Saks as the new editor and encourage everyone to read his message below. "In this inaugural episode of the TRADITION podcast, I sat down with renowned posek Rav J. David Bleich to discuss his multi-decade work authoring the journal's "Survey of Recent Halakhic Literature" column. Rav Bleich is a Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Issac Elchanan Theological Seminary and professor of law at YU's Cardozo Law School. Visit the Tradition website ( to access the archive of over 2000 items published in our pages and to renew your subscription or give a gift of TRADITION to a new reader.Podcast link:"

Service Notes 
  • Please note Shabbat mincha is at 7:55 PM this week in honor of the special celebration at Seudah Shlishit for Ashira Sara Faratci.
  • Early mincha 7:15 pm Tuesday before the CAS Annual Meeting
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahEitan Karsch
Torah before TefillahRabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Seudath ShlishitYaakov Faratci
10:30 shiurAri Lieberman: From Noah to Jonah - Did G-d Change His Expectation of Mankind?
ShacharitDavid Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesby Roz Mangot & family in memory of Michael Mangot on his yahrzeit and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushRica and Ari Lieberman in appreciation of the entire Stamford community and all that we have shared over the past eight years. It is with special appreciation to my brother-in-law, Hecky Attar, for all he has done and continues to do for the 7am minyan.
Chapel KiddushCo-sponsored by Glenn Karow in celebration of his birthday and Navah & David Zizmor - Hakarat Hatov to Hashem and the CAS community for Gabriel's complete refuah
Teen KiddushCorinne Chapman and A Step Ahead in honor of Mimi's 16th birthday
Sanctuary KiddushMeredith and David Cohen & Family in honor of the yahrzeits of David's Mother, Rachel Cohen A"H, and Grandmother, Marcelle Atraghji A"H
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Monday 8:15 PM, Tuesday 7:15 PM/8:15 PM, Wednesday-Thursday 8:15 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:16 PM
Candles Friday8:11 PM
SundayFather's Day
  • to Yossi Notik on the loss of his grandmother, Rivka Shiena Notik
For up to date shiva and contact info:
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
  • to Phyllis and Martin Shapiro on the Bat Mitzvah this weekend of their granddaughter, Hadas Sylvia Shapiro
  • to Mitchell Zucker, recipient of this year's George and Ziporah Freedberg Excellence in Spirit Award and Julie Morgulis, Anne Peskin, Phyllis Shapiro, Barbara Novak, Audrey Waldstreicher, Johanna Akyuz, Sheila Cohen, Sheila Teig, Leah Munk, Barbara Ostroff, Claudine Feurstein, and Kim Mahoney who will receive the George and Ziporah Freedberg Hineni Award in recognition of their dedication to Sylvia's Gift Shop. The Hineni Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting on June 18th and the Excellence in Spirit Award will be presented on Shabbat morning, June 25th.
  • to Rosalie and Stuart Feldman on Stuart's receiving the highest honor at the Technion this week, Doctor Honoris Causa ... in recognition of outstanding contributions to software systems and programming languages; to industrial research and development in leading US corporations and their branches in Israel; and to the encouragement of female scientist
  • to Miriam and Gideon Pell on the arrival of a granddaughter, Isabella Elisheva
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Sign Up For These Events
CAS Annual Meeting
Tuesday, June 18 - 7:30 PM
Security Training
Wednesday, June 26 - 7:00 PM
Womens Book Club
Tuesday, July 16 - 8:00 PM
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, June 17 from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The Mom Group is a great and easy way to form meaningful connections with other moms in your neighborhood. Join us for a weekly playdate with your little one and an opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions you need help with, gather resources, or just connect with other women.
  • UPCOMING EVENT Young Couples Backyard Soiree!Join CAS Young Couples for a night out at the home of the Ciks on Sunday, July 14th, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM! Drinks, appetizers, socializing and more! Connect with other young CAS members, both new and longstanding. No cost but RSVP required. Address provided upon RSVP.
CAS Announcements
  • JOIN US AT THE NEXT HARVEST GARDEN SESSION on Sunday, June 23rd at 10 AM. To RSVP and/or join the team, contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • MISSING TRENCH COAT If you mistakenly grabbed the wrong trench coat from the coat room this past Shabbat, please return it to the office. Your coat is still hanging in the coat room.
  • PAY IT FORWARD! As our community grows it takes even more effort to insure the warmth of our shul. You may not realize but we have a "Hospitality Team" who are informed of new families who moved into community. Team members are expected to invite new families to any of the following: shabbat meal, BBQ, brunch, even coffee, a get-together in the park, or a community-wide function. It means so much to new families. To join our Hospitality Team, contact membership committee chair, Jon Makovsky at
  • MEZUZAH CHECKING, TEFILIN MAINTENANCE SUNDAY, June 16th from 8 AM and on with Rabbi Yirmiyahu Moldovan, Sofer Stam (ritual scribe). Mezuzot are often damaged by moisture or heat, and ink cracks over time. Check your Mezuzot twice every seven years to ensure that your home is secured with Kosher Mezuzot. $10 per Mezuzah checked. Tefillin can also be inspected. Info: Rabbi Cohen at or Rabbi Zweiter at
  • ANNOUNCING A SOUL JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen in partnership with Yeshivat Orayta. Spend a week of study and spirit in the Old City with luminaries such as Rabbi David Aaron, Rav Binny Freidman and many more. Open to Men and Women. Dates are Sunday, May 3rd until Sunday, May 10th, 2020. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen. Sign Up will open soon.
  • HEALING VISITS UPDATE: Every week, we include a note about our healing visits group. As a reminder, the group consists of volunteers who give of their time to call, email or visit people in our community who are in the hospital or in recuperation. If you like to join this Mitzvah mission, please contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • CAS FREE MEZUZAH CAMPAIGN IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes. Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah? CAS offers a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen:
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. We are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. Info: Mitchell Bell.
  • COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS An important role of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office HoursOpen Office Hours are an opportunity to drop by to see our Rabbis without an appointment. They will be available in their office for guidance or a chat. Rabbis will not schedule meetings during these hours, which will be held around the same time each week. Call the office to confirm Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter are not attending to an urgent matter outside the synagogue. Open Office Hour Times for this Week
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Tuesday, June 18, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, June 18, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, June 19, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, June 20, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of June 16
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Pirkei Avot; Diving into our Morals - 10:15 AM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Halakhic Man - 9:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Jun 22Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jun 29Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 6Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 13Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 20Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sponsor a kiddush! click here to see the menus
Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Avraham Shmuel ben Rivka Rochel
  • Batya bat Frida
  • Chaim ben Rosa
  • Chaya Bluma Tziporra bat Dinah Leah
  • Daniel Natan ben Sara Leah
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Malka Maria bat Idda
  • Mattityahu ben Chana Deborah
  • Miriam bat Helen
  • Moshe ben Laizer
  • Nechama bat Bracha
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Tamar bat Yocheved
  • Tziviah bat Yitta
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zinovi ben Riva
Community Announcements
  • THE 3RD ANNUAL NORMA AND MILTON MANN LECTURE Presented by The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County, Underwritten by the Mann Family Foundation to honor the memory of their parents. Sunday, June 16, 11:00 AM. Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Refreshments served at 10:30 AM Free and open to the community. Seeking Justice and Protecting Human Rights in a Perilous World A Case Study, Presented by Roya Hakakian. Ms. Hakakian, author of the NYT notable book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, recounts the suspenseful story of a political assassination of four Kurdish and Iranian leaders in a Berlin restaurant. The investigation and trial that ensued ranks as one of the most important in German history since WWII. To learn more about the lecture or invitation only donor brunch and special presentation, contact Please RSVP so we know to expect you! Call: 203.359.2196 or reply to
  • JOIN UJF'S PJ LIBRARY & PJ OURWAY on June 23rd from 10:30am-1:30am and take care of your environment! Meet at the basketball courts at Scalzi Park in Stamford (100 Bridge St) at 10:30am for a cleanup (gloves and bags provided), then relax with a picnic snack and hear about how you can take better care of your world from experts at Keep America Beautiful. (Bring a blanket or chair and a snack- we will provide the drinks). The event is free, and all ages are welcome with a parent or caregiver. Contact Sharon at to sign up or go to
  • BACK TO SCHOOL SHOP, INC is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to enable every child to have access to the basic school clothing and supplies they need and in doing so to help build the confidence and enthusiasm necessary for a successful school year. Since the first Back to School Shop event in 2015, over 850 children have been outfitted for school. Each summer before the start of the new school year, we operate a one-day pop-up store where economically disadvantaged elementary school children can shop for brand new school clothes and supplies. While the children are shopping with volunteer personal shoppers, their parents can visit the on-site Japha Family Resource Center where 20 community organizations will be on hand to provide information about important community services. Each year nearly 250 community volunteers come together to make this special day happen for Stamford children. Visit for more information, to make a donation, or to register to volunteer for our 5th Anniversary event on July 28!
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY by purchasing Mitzvah Baskets and/or Mitzvah Centerpieces instead of flowers for your next simcha at CAS. Distributions from the JFS Kosher Food Pantry have increased by more than 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
Take a Minute to Support Israel  Supporting Israel isn't hard -- there are many things that you can do that take literally one minute. The Israel Committee now has a website built on this idea. Go to for simple things that you can do, from calling your Congressional representatives to social media posts, that take only a minute or two. Check back frequently for updates and ideas for things you can do!

LIPS product of the week  Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing.
Kosher Advisories
  • KOSHER ALERTS The OU reminds you to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification! And for the latest corrective actions, stay up with the latest OU KOSHER CONSUMER ALERTS & ADVISORIES...just click here
  • KOSHER ADVISORY Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
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